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Colonie Police ask for parents' help on Halloween

COLONIE -- Students were sent home with a letter from the police Wednesday encouraging parents to keep their teenagers home on Halloween. Last year more than 200 teens gathered near Danielwood Drive and threw eggs, sprayed silly string and set off firecrackers.  

Several homes were vandalized along with a CBS 6 SUV. Police said its happened for years, but has grown out of control.

With social media now they make an announcement. Its like the party out in Steventown at the Holloway residence that's been in the news for weeks now. One becomes 20 becomes 100 becomes 400 and that's our concern when you put 200-400kids in the middle of the road in the middle of suburbia the neighbors are concerned, the kids are concerned and all you need is one spark and it lights a fire, said Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider.

Officers last year did not make any arrests and worked to keep the group moving on streets of Albany-Shaker Road. At one point access to many side streets was restricted to prevent danger to the teens.

All you need is that one person who has anger management issues; say the senior citizen that hits the gas instead of the brake. The next thing you have a Times Square-type incident where there are a number of people were hurt, said Heider.

Colonie Police expect to be fully staffed, but have not called any extra officers from its department or neighboring agencies.

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